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Mayor Islamabad steps down from post, tendered his resignation to ECP

The Mayor of Islamabad, Sheikh Ansar Aziz has tendered his resignation in protest on Tuesday, accusing the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government of interfering in the local bodies of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

As being reported, the Islamabad mayor has sent the resignation to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) four months before his tenure to be completed.

The PTI had twice filed a reference against Sheikh Ansar and removed him from office while the court restored him.

Sources said that Aziz, who belongs to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), had sent the resignation in violation of the ICT Act. He also attached a photo of his resignation letter along with the statement for the “record” that the resignation followed clearance of two references, audits and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) inquiries.

He said that MCI had funds but there was no release of their funds as there was no finance department put to the task. “We did our best to keep things moving. But now all departments under MCI have been withdrawn, handed over to CDA,” he said.

Sheikh Ansar thanked his “dearest citizens” for their support, for pointing out where the administration was weak and appreciated where they were strong.

“We all worked together to make Islamabad beautiful, clean, green, healthy and safest. Respect,” he said in conclusion.

Meanwhile, Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) spokesman has confirmed that it has received the resignation from the mayor, however, he expressed his unawareness regarding the reasons behind the move.

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